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Sen. Perdue on Syria: 'We've got to stop ISIS, and that's job one'

Senate Armed Services Committee member weighs in on 'The First 100 Days'

 

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., told Fox News' "The First 100 Days" Wednesday that defeating ISIS should be the Trump administration's first priority with its Syria policy. 

"There are two things that need to happen in Syria," Perdue told host Martha MacCallum. "One is we’ve got to stop ISIS and that’s job one ... And second, [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad’s got to go, and once those two things happen, then we have to reestablish the government in Syria and also rebuild Syria."

"I mean, there’s nothing to go home to now," Perdue added. "All the refugees around the world who have left that part of the world have nothing to go home to."

Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised last week's missile strike in Syria as "decisive," "measured," and "proportional," and said that Trump was committed to "standing up and leading again."

"I am excited [about] the fact we’re re-engaging in the world and that’s what I hear from foreign leaders all over the world, that they want America to lead again," Perdue said. "That doesn’t mean they want 100,000 troops of American soldiers in Syria, but what they want is re-engagement to find balance in the world again."